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Ask the average NFL fan to choose the better running back between Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott, and most would likely choose the former.

Actually, there’s solid proof that most would go with Henry. Look no further than the average draft position in fantasy football leagues for that. But maybe I just wanted a somewhat dramatic opening for what’s coming next.

In my best 30 for 30 voice: What if I told you that the overall difference between Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott, at least in terms of statistics, wasn’t that substantial whatsoever? In fact, heading into Thursday night’s showdown between Henry’s Tennessee Titans and Zeke’s Dallas Cowboys, their stats are nearly identical.

Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott have nearly identical stats since being drafted in 2016

Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry
(L-R) Ezekiel Elliott; Derrick Henry | Harry How/Getty Images; Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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Since Elliott and Henry were selected fourth and 45th, respectively, in the 2016 NFL Draft, here’s what each has done.

Derrick HenryEzekiel Elliott
Games Played101101
Rushing Yards8,2268,215
Rushing Yards Per Game81.481.3
Rushing Yards Per Carry4.784.43
Rushing Touchdowns7867
Rushing Titles22
Receiving Yards1,2252,336
Receiving Touchdowns312
Total Yards From Scrimmage9,45110,551
Total Touchdowns8179
Pro Bowl Selections33
All-Pro Selections22

Pretty wild, right?

As you can see, Henry has a slight edge in the rushing department. And while his overall lead is a mere 11 yards, he’s carried the ball 134 fewer times, which obviously gives him the edge in yards per carry. Henry also has a sizeable lead in rushing touchdowns, 78 to 67.

However, Elliott holds the lead in total yardage due to what he brings to the table as a receiver. While Henry holds that 11-yard advantage on the ground, Zeke holds a 1,100-yard advantage overall and has 79 total touchdowns to Henry’s 81.

Each has won a pair of rushing titles. Each has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times. And each is a two-time All-Pro. And even that is exactly the same as both earned one First-Team nod and one Second-Team nod.